Frogs are common throughout the world. There are over 85 species here in the United States. The most common species include treefrogs, toads and bullfrogs. Treefrogs and bullfrogs are most common where there is adequate water for their survival and reproduction. Toads are more prevalent where it is dry. Though treefrogs are considered beneficial because they eat insects, in some cases local populations can become a nuisance.

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Treefrogs can become a problem for many reasons. Treefrogs mostly live in trees but will find their way onto homes. Once there, they will nest and hide behind shutters, under siding and anywhere away from sunlight during the day. At night they will emerge to feed. The problem with having treefrogs on your home is that they tend to make a mess. Their droppings will quickly accumulate below where they are nesting. Treefrog droppings look a lot like rat droppings and can easily fool people into believing they have a rodent problem.



If you are finding these droppings along window sills or below sections of your home and suspect treefrogs are to blame, do a thorough inspection of the area. Tree frogs will come out at night to feed but by daybreak will crawl behind shutters and into cracks and crevices attempting to avoid the sun. Tree frogs like these areas to be well shaded, tight and compressed. Window frames, siding, rain gutters, overhanging bricks and facia boards all present prime tree frog nest sites. Any kind of small gap in these locations are what the tree frogs like.



Because many insects like these same areas, we’ve been selling chemical treatments that have been targeting pests like wasps, ants and roaches for these exact locations. And in the process we’ve had many customers report to us that their treatments drove out tree frogs too. Though the treatments don’t kill the frogs, it’s obvious they either don’t like the spray or they move away because they don’t have nearly as much food prior to the insect treatments being done. The following is the list of products we’ve learned to be the strongest and most repellent to tree frogs.



If you have large areas where tree frogs are active and it’s out in the open, you really need to spray to reduce tree frog food. By reducing the local food, tree frogs will move off your property.

Hose end SprayerCypermethrinThe best concentrate to spray for large areas that can handle a wide range of pests is called CYPERMETHRIN. It’s labeled for use on trees, bushes and plants and though it targets insects, it won’t hurt any of the frogs. Use a HOSE END SPRAYER to broadcast treatments over plants where tree frogs are active. The cypermethrin will both control insects and repel tree frogs. You can also use the treatment on your house siding. Tree frogs love to nest behind shutters, gutters and downspouts and spraying cypermethrin in these areas can really help.


Hose end SprayerHose End Sprayer:



CrusaderDiatomaceous EarthAnother product that can be applied to both take away tree frog food and make their living spaces uncomfortable is DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. Tree frogs need moisture and Diatomaceous Earth works as a dessicant to their skin. This is very uncomfortable for them and cause them to move away from treated areas.  Dust any crack you find with DE Dust using a  HAND DUSTER  and do this annually for ongoing protection.

Diatomaceous EarthDiatomaceous Earth:

CrusaderHand Duster:



Pest Rid SprayLastly, if you want to repel them from specific trees, decks, the side of the home, etc., spray where they’re roosting with PEST RID SPRAY. This is a very safe, federally exempt liquid made from all natural food grade ingredients. Basically they work because they’re so much more concentrated compared to what is in nature so certain animals/insects will detect this as being “odd” and unnatural so they’ll readily move away.

Frogs, snakes and lizards don’t like Pest Rid and it can be used safely inside and outside the home. Spray it on house siding, plants, trees and basically anywhere tree frogs are roosting. Pest Rid can be applied as frequently as is needed but a proper treatment should last several weeks. When first treating, if tree frogs return in a week, treat again and use more. With Pest Rid, you can’t hurt the plants or surrounding area so use more and more till you get enough applied so the tree frogs don’t return. Once they’re gone, you can expect to go 1-2 months in between treatments.

Pest Rid SprayPest Rid Spray:

Since tree frogs will typically forage 5-10 feet up, most any standard PUMP SPRAYER can be used to reach them when treating. But if you need to spray 25+ feet up, get our TROMBONE SPRAYER which can reach 30 feet or more.

Solo SprayerSolo 454 Sprayer:




And if you have a lot of trees to treat, consider using a fogging machine. We carry several that put out a fine mist. No doubt mist blowing is very effective for this task because it will use less chemical, saturate the foliage much better compared to a liquid spray and in most cases, reach higher heights. Here are a few to consider and remember, after 1-2 seasons, any of these machines will effectively pay for themselves by saving you time and chemical use.

FogmasterFogmaster Mini Fogger:

Fogmaster 6309FM6309:

Solo BackpackMist Blower:



Frog TrapsOne last approach worth mentioning that doesn’t involve chemicals is the use of FROG TRAPS. Set these on ledges, around doors and other areas where tree frogs are landing and roosting. These traps use special lures which combine ground up insects and pheromones tree frogs naturally target.

Frog TrapsFrog Traps:

Once set out, the traps will naturally pique the curiosity of any nearby frogs and they’ll get stuck in the glue when they enter. If you don’t wish to kill the tree frogs caught, they can be removed by rubbing vegetable oil where they’re stuck and it will release them unharmed. Once detached you can take them away from your property to relocate somewhere off your land. Take them at least 2 miles away to insure they don’t return.

Tree frogs can become a nuisance around the home. Though not commonly though of as a pest, treefrog control may be needed when populations are left to grow with no natural predators. If you have a local population on your home making a mess and want to get the treefrogs to relocate, start applying some of the products we have listed above. Within a week or two you’ll notice less activity and if you treat every month or so, they will stay away for good.


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Comments on TREE FROG CONTROL Leave a Comment

June 2, 2012

Norman @ 11:10 pm #


I have a 3 thousand gallon fresh water pond with Koi and goldfish. It is made from dry stacked limestone rocks. Problem is we get overrun with both toads and tree frogs. There is millions of areas for them to hide in the cracks. During mating season it gets sooooo load we cannot enjoy or sunroom and must keep all windows closed. What can I do to repel these little critters?

June 3, 2012
November 21, 2013

Angela Marcum @ 12:16 am #



I DO have an in ground pond with flagstone just stake around for looks. There are two, one that flows into another. What is your suggestion for this type of pond? Still the spray? When lawn service comes, we either have them use granular type products and we cover the ponds with tarps JUST in case one bounces in….which has happened…so with experience of having my own for many years and now having built a few for my clients and having to maintain them….this has been a BIG problem for us. NOT just for ponds…but our swimming pools as well. Which leads me to my next question….IF spray over should happen…is the product you recommend going to change the water chemistry in the swimming pools like other products have…e.g. Fertilizer. Thank you.

Angela Marcum
A.C.P-Atlantis Custom Pools, Inc.

January 14, 2015



I have had a hurricane shutter business for 20 years. My biggest problem has been frogs getting stuck in the shutters and jamming them. I would like to find an environmentally friendly chemical product to prevent the frogs from nesting in the shutters. Please email me at your earliest convenience to discuss any options.

Thank you.

Brian MacDougall

January 15, 2015

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